Sunday, November 16, 2014

My ultimate Christmas wish this year

There is going to be no Thanksgiving dinner for me this year, anywhere. My family is aging and have been sick recently, so there will be no dinner at home. With 13 days left in the liturgical year, Advent and Christmas are a hairpin around the corner to begin another. 

While I do not believe in observing the "Holiday Shopping Season" which starts earlier every year and ends on December 24th, I do believe (as every Christian should) that Christmas season doesn't start until Midnight Mass and ends with the octave feast of the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord). I am also not against gift giving after the 25th. But, with the worst year of my life with six weeks to go, I am making my ultimate Christmas wish for 2014, which supersedes all other wishes:

  • It is not finding a job, albeit everyone needs one;
  • It is not finding a new home, which will be necessary shortly;
  • It is not hitting the jackpot, which seems to be the only hope these days for most;
...but it is the most important item that will dramatically change my life forever. It is finally meeting the Catholic sweetheart of my dreams to become my future wife. It is what will radically rejuvenate my family structure, as most of my immediate relatives are over 55. 

She does not have to come under anyone's tree, but into my heart.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fr. Michael Rodriguez on sabbatical

The Remnant is confirming from multiple sources that Fr. Michael Rodriguez of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, is now on a six-month sabbatical. Fr. Rodriguez is one of the few diocesan priests in the United States who exclusively offer the Traditional Latin Mass. He is no longer based in Presidio, where he was exiled to by the previous Bishop of El Paso in 2011 for defending traditional marriage at a City Council meeting. 

This is a big blow to the faithful who were served by Fr. Rodriguez, who now have no priest available to them. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Another politicized funeral

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was laid to rest today with a politicized Novus Ordo funeral with five eulogies. 300 of his family and political cronies were in attendance at the church of his baptism, all with the blessing and the presence of the Cardinal. 

While Menino was the best mayor a city could ever have, the eulogies were bragging about his gay rights advocacy as a city councilor. Yes, he was a gay rights activist. 

In all fairness, just like Ted Kennedy, Mumbles didn't deserve a Catholic funeral. One reason why most "Catholic" politicians go against the Church teachings on abortion, homosexuality, and contraception because the Archdiocese of Boston began ordaining gay (friendly) men to the priesthood over a half-century ago.

If Vatican II never happened, you would not have so many Catholics going against Christ's teachings. More importantly, you would not see a "customized" funeral service. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

400th post is a serious one...

This is my 400th post of this blog, after over 55,000 readers and four years. It comes at a time when we have the worst pope in living memory and the "pony and dog show" of a synod put on by the Holy Father himself. Watch this video to understand that we are near the end:

Pray for the Pope. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Synod a circus; Cardinal Burke confirms he's been ousted

His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, confirms that he has been ousted from his position at the Apostolic Signatura, and says that the Synod was "designed to change Church's teaching..." and that Pope Francis has "done a lot of harm" to the Church (Rorate Caeli). 

The whole synod has been a three-ring circus, with nobody on the same page and the Cardinal who wants to give Holy Communion to everyone making racist remarks. 

For me and all other faithful Catholics who wish to marry in the Catholic Church, it is going to get worse. The evidence is clear: most baptized Catholics (especially ones my age) do not care about the Church. Neither do the Synod Fathers. 

Where I live options for attending a True Mass are scarce, thanks to weak episcopal leadership. You can't even receive confirmation from a resident bishop. 

It doesn't get any more obvious than this: Pope Francis doesn't care about the Church Militant. If and when the discipline on who can receive Holy Communion does change at even the diocesan level and if the parish priest agrees with such provisions, then I won't go to that church. 

I am lucky to be served by a diocesan priest who actually gets it, and his parish is in jeopardy of closing. Even though I (currently) don't attend Mass at an SSPX chapel, people putting-down people who do are part of the problem, not the solution. I understand and acknowledge the work of Archbishop Lefebvre was necessary at the time in order to save the Catholic priesthood. (I don't favor any particular religious order over another, as long as they hold to Catholic Tradition.)

Now to the marriage issue. In retrospect, I believe I had a better chance at finding a Catholic girlfriend during the reign of Benedict XVI. Nobody can figure out why he actually resigned nor if he was forced out by the bogeyman. Unless a miracle happens, I'm still Christendom's most eligible bachelor for a while. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Grandfather gets annulment to enter seminary

An interesting article in the October 3rd issue of the "Catholic" Free Press is another Vatican II novelty. Former Leominster Mayor Stephen Perla, 57, got his marriage annulled by the Diocese of Worcester so he can enter seminary. His projected ordination year will be 2018. Mr. Perla previously worked as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese. 

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